Rugby. The Biarritz Olympique association is separating from its Senior women’s team!

The amateur section of Biarritz Olympique has meant that the senior women’s team will be canceled from next season (© DR)

In the long series of rugby in Biarritz, yet another episode has just taken place, Wednesday June 22, 2022. The amateur section of the Olympic Biarritz a signified that the Senior Women’s team will be abolished from next season, or in any case that it no longer causes part of the bosom of the amateur association. According to our information, a reorientation towards the association FAR (Féminine Athlétiques Rugby) seems to be compatible, the association at the origin of women’s rugby in Biaritz.

To pay David Couzinetthe president of the amateur section, joined by Basque Country News, it’s a logical decision: “we don’t have the vocation to take care of a senior team. We, our object is to promote rugby among children, among teenagers, that’s why the younger team remains in our section.

She pays nothing (the women’s team: editor’s note) and she has nothing to pay for our problems with the pro section. I think that since our arrival, we have done a lot for her.

David CouzinetPresident of the BO Rugby amateur association

“They took sides”

And if we ask David Couzinet if the senior women’s team does not pay too much proximity to the president’s pros Jean-Baptiste Aldigé, and the war that has been raging for many months, he sketches in a half-word “They pay nothing and they have nothing to pay for our problems with the pro section. I think that since our arrival we have done a lot for her, but today they seem to be closer to the professional section and somehow they have taken sides, or at least they have taken a certain direction”.

Another argument put forward by the president, a reform of the FFR which wishes to integrate senior women’s teams into professional structures within one to two years: “we are taking a step ahead” believes David Couzinet. He also wanted to reassure: “women’s rugby will continue to exist in Biarritz”.

The “disgusted” players

On the side of the women’s section and its manager Florian Mercader, this decision goes badly. For him, it is the good relationship with the pros that made this decision at Biarritz Olympique amateur.

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We get along well with the pros, we have never taken sides. Since David Couzinet and his team arrived, we were forbidden to attend pro meetings, to hold the bar, because for them, we were no longer loyal to the amateur association.

Florian MercaderHead of Women’s Division at Biarritz Olympique Rugby

For the players, it’s obviously a disappointment, “the girls are disgusted and really frustrated” insists Florian Mercader. Remember that they had reached the semi-finals of the French Federal 2 Regional championship this season (defeat against Nérac 14-18).

This decision comes against the backdrop of a major crisis between the pro section of President Jean-Baptiste Aldigé and the amateur association managed by the “Galactics” of the soundtrack with David Couzinet, Jerome Thion, Dmitri Yachvili or Imanol Harinordoquy on your mind. Last April, the current team had been confirmed by the administrative justice while Serge White had convened the members in order to revoke the members of the board of directors.

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